JCamp 180 Annual Conference
Current Participants

2016 Annual Conference: Open, Generous, Connected

Every summer, Jewish Camps help thousands of children learn about the Jewish value of generosity - nedivut. From Tzedakah projects to emphasizing the importance of lending a helping hand wherever needed, you encourage campers and counselors to appreciate the gifts they have and to look for opportunities to share these gifts wherever they can.

What if you as camp leaders were to take that lesson of nedivut to heart in your work? What if we all agreed to model this same spirit of generosity we hope to ignite within each camper and counselor? How might a commitment to nedivut transform our work?

When we are generous, we are uplifted as professionals, as lay leaders, as organizations. And when we turn to our camp peers for help, we give them the opportunity to respond with their own gifts and experiences. We all benefit - as individuals; as individual camps; and as the entire field of Jewish summer camp.
It is with this spirit of generosity that we invite you to join us for the 2016 JCamp180 Conference. Together we will honor the virtue of nedivut. You will be encouraged to offer your gifts of wisdom and experience - and to ask others to contribute their own - to secure a stronger future for Jewish camp.

Please save the date - November 6-7, 2016 - and plan to join over 400 of your Jewish camp peers at the Springfield Sheraton Hotel for our 2016 JCamp 180 Conference.

Who Should Attend?

Our conference is designed to meet the needs of executive and lay leaders as well as the development professionals of our affiliated Jewish camps and partner organizations. Workshop content is devoted primarily to JCamp 180's core focus areas: Fundraising, Board Development, Strategic Planning, and Technology. We are also including some sessions on enrollment: recruitment and retention. And throughout the conference we encourage all attendees to take advantage of both formal and informal networking opportunities with new and old peers who share our passion for Jewish camp.

Conference Schedule

The full 2016 conference schedule will be available here this summer when registration opens.

In the meantime, check out the schedule from the 2015 conference:

The conference took place on Sunday, November 1 and Monday, November 2 in Springfield, MA. This high-level conference schedule should help you with your 2016 travel planning.

Want to review the detailed workshop sessions we offered in 2015? You can find them at the following links:

Registration for the 2016 #JCampConf Will Open this Summer

We hope to see you at this year's conference - November 6-7, 2016 in Springfield, MA! Registration will open in Summer 2016.

Thanks to the generosity of Harold Grinspoon, registration is free for all attendees.

Pack Your Camp T-shirt

Yes, our conference is an opportunity for Jewish camp staff and lay leadership to learn new skills and bring innovative plans and ideas back to camp. But this is camp after all, so don't forget to have some fun! Make sure you pack your Camp T-shirt when you travel to Springfield. Traditionally, Monday is Camp T-shirt day at the conference, but feel free to wear your camp swag proudly throughout the weekend.

Travel Details

Once you register, make your travel plans to ensure your space. If you register for the early Sunday morning sessions or any of the post-conference training sessions on Monday afternoon, make your travel plans accordingly.

Annual JCamp 180 Awards

The Annual JCamp 180 Awards honor those individuals or camps which have demonstrated outstanding achievements over the past year in the areas of board leadership, development excellence, outstanding use of technology, and strength of the Camp Legacy Program. Awards include artwork given to the recipient and a cash gift to the camp.You can find our award winners from the past six years on our website.

Nominate your peers for the 2016 JCamp 180 Awards

Please help us select and honor a camp leader at a JCamp 180-affiliated camp who you feel deserves one of the following awards: